Merchants-Alibrandis, Chiefs-Blue Sox Start Semifinals Tonight

Both of the Intercity League’s semifinal series will begin tonight.(Wednesday)

The #3 Wakefield Merchants and #2 Alibrandis will begin their best of three series at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:30 PM. Game two will be played on Thursday at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:30 PM. If a game three is required, it will be contested back at Victory Field on Friday at 7:30 PM.

Wakefield reached the semifinal by beating the Malden Madoogs two games to none in the first round. Alibrandis earned a first round bye with their second place finish in the regular season.

No introductions will be required in Lexington when the number #5 Chiefs and #1 Blue Sox meet at 7:45 PM. The Chiefs and Blue Sox have met in the ICL Championship Round seven times in the past ten years. Game two will be played on Thursday at Pine Banks located on the Malden/Melrose line at 7:45 PM. A potential game three would be in Lexington on Friday at 7:45 PM.

The Chiefs got to the semifinal round by sweeping the Reading Bulldogs. The Blue Sox won the regular season pennant and received a first round bye.

The winners of these series will meet in the best of five championship round. All games in the championship series will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.

Merchants & Chiefs Sweep into Final Four

The Wakefield Merchants and Andre Chiefs both won on Monday night and will now move on to the best of three semi-finals which began on Wednesday night.

The Merchants rode the strong pitching of James McNamara to beat the #6 Malden Maddogs 4-1 at Morelli Field. The Merchants got a homer and double from Bobby Lossano and two hits and an RBI from Dillon Koster to pace their offense.

McNamara allowed just four hits in his complete game effort. Zak Levine took the loss for the Maddogs.

The #3 Merchants will now play #2 Alibrandis. Game one of that series is scheduled to begin Wednesday night at Victory Field in Watertown at 7:30 PM.

At Maplewood, Evan Walsh held the #4 Reading Bulldogs hitless over the first five innings, and ended up with a three-hitter, in the Chiefs 6-1 win. Ben Waldrip led the Chiefs’ offense with a three for four night, that included two doubles and an RBI, and Nick Leva chipped in with two hits and an RBI.

Walsh struck out 12 and allowed only an unearned run in the top of the seventh when Matt Debenedetto scored on a throwing error after doubling. Anthony Sapienza gave up just four hits in 3.2 innings but took the loss.

The #5 Chiefs will now take on the #1 Lexington Blue Sox. Game one of that series is scheduled to begin Wednesday night at Lexington High at 7:45 PM.

Chiefs & Merchants Take Series Openers

The Andre Chiefs and the Wakefield Merchants took 1-0 leads in the their respective best of three first round series on Sunday afternoon.

The Chiefs got a complete game outing from righty Zach Kirby to beat the Reading Bulldogs at Morton Field 6-3. Ben Waldrip led the Chiefs’ offense with a homer and two RBI’s while Kyle Dembrowski (single) and Andrew Caulfield (fielders’ choice) each had an RBI for the Chiefs.

Tyler Cedneo had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Bulldogs.

Kirby allowed five hits and struck out 11. Jack Wallace went three innings and was charged with the loss and Kyle Wollman worked the final four frames. The duo allowed just four hits but were victimized by three errors.

Game two of the series will be played at Maplewood on Monday at 8:00 PM.

The Merchants beat the Malden Maddogs 3-1 at Walsh Field.

Joseph Maguire tossed a four-hitter to lead the Merchants to the win.

The Merchants scored all of their runs in the bottom of the third inning as veterans Bobby Losanno and Mike Sorrentino drove home the runs. The Merchants erased a 1-0 Maddogs’ lead as a Derek Bauer RBI scored Jack Wharf in the top of the inning.

Sorrentino ended up with two of the Merchants six hits and two RBI’s. Wharf and Kevin Alexy had a couple of hits each for the Bulldogs.

Maguire, who was 6-3 in the regular season, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Blaine McLean went the distance for Malden and allowed just six hits.

Game two of the Malden-Wakefield series will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose on Monday at 8:00 PM.

Maddogs Get 6th Seed with 7-0 Win Over Royals in Friday’s Play-in Game

The Malden Maddogs broke a 0-0 tie, scoring seven runs in the sixth inning, and went on to beat the Somerville Royals 7-0 in Friday night’s play-in game at Morelli Field in Melrose.

With the win, the Maddogs grab the sixth seed in the ICL Playoffs. They will now move on to meet the #3 Wakefield Merchants in a first round series that begins on Sunday at Walsh Field at 3:00 PM.

The other first round series will also get underway on Sunday. The #5 Andre Chiefs will visit the #4 Reading Bulldogs at Morton Field/Reading HS starting at 4:00 PM.

The Lexington Blue Sox and Alibrandis, both who earned first round byes, will await the winners.

Malden & Somerville Tie for 6th, Play-in Game Friday at Morelli Field, 8:00 PM

The Malden Maddogs and Somerville Royals have both finished the regular season at 10-16-2. As a result, a one game play-in game will be contested on Friday night at Morelli Field to determine who will be the sixth seed in the upcoming ICL playoffs.

The Maddogs and Royals split their season series 2-2, Both teams have the same number of wins. Therefore, per ICL rules, the first two tiebreakers can’t break the deadlock and a one game playoff is required,

The winner of Friday’s game will move on to meet the #3 seeded Wakefield Merchants in a best of three series.

The other first round matchup is set with the #5 Andre Chiefs meeting the #4 Reading Bulldogs.

Friday’s play-in game at Morelli will start at 8:00 PM.

The #1Lexington Blue Sox and #2 Alibrandis have earned first round byes.

The Royals earned their chance at a play-in game by virtue of a 0-0 nine inning tie with Lexington on Thursday night. Cal Carroll ( 7 innings) and Joe Saia (2 innings) combined on the shutout for Somerville. Dawy Lebron (4 innings), Kelvin Guzman (2 innings), Nick Harper in the 7th, and Junior Pena over the last three innings, teamed up on the whitewash for Lexington. Somerville’s Graham Smith threw out John Barry out at home in the fifth inning, the closest either team came to scoring.

In other ICL action, the Chiefs ripped six homers to beat the Melrose Americans 22-7 in a slugfest at Morelli Field. Kyle Dembrowski hit two dingers, while Mike Gedman, R.J. Libby, Ben Waldrip and Andrew Caulfield hit one each. Josh Bohn got into the home run parade with a two run shot for the Americans. David Kerns (1-0) got the win.

Americans, Chiefs & Merchants Grab Wednesday Wins

Elias Varnios had two hits and three RBI’s, and Jason Giagrande and Ryan Buccini added a couple of hits and an RBI each, to lead the Americans to a 6-5 win over Alibrandis at Morelli Field in Melrose. Ronnie Luke (3-2) got the relief win and Shawn Smeglin recorded his first save. Dave Lightbody had a homer and double for Alibrandis.

At Maplewood, Tim Dunphy (4-3) outdueled Jonathan Richard (2-6) when the Andre Chiefs edged the Somerville Royals 2-1. Kyle Dembrowski’s two RBI single in the sixth inning was the difference. It was Dunphy’s 50th career win in a Chiefs uniform. With the win the Chiefs secured the fifth seed in the upcoming ICL Playoffs.

In Wakefield, Robert Shaw (1-0) got the win in relief of Mike Andrews as the Merchants beat the Malden Maddogs 6-2 in a darkeness shortened six inning affair at Walsh Field. The Merchants will be the third seed in the ICL Playoffs.

 

Alibrandis, Royals & Maddogs Get Tuesday Wins

Alibrandis got three hits each from Mike Maguire and Ted Dziuba to beat the Lexington Blue Sox 7-5 in a curfew shortened game at Victory Field. Justin Butera (1-0) got the win in relief of Chris Costa and Nate Beck. The game was in the 7th inning when the lights curfew ended things.

At Trum, Paul Covelle (3-2) struck out 11, and allowed just four hits, when the Somerville Royals beat the Andre Chiefs 6-1. Jonathan Rodriguez broke a scoreless tie and gave the Royals the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two RBI double.

In Melrose, the Malden Maddogs got homers from Shane O’Halloran and Ethan Harris to grab an 8-1 win over the Americans. Blaine McLean (1-4) went five innings to get the win.

Lexington runs out of time, loses 7-5 to Alibrandis

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

Watertown – The beauty of baseball is that there is no clock telling us when the game ends. It ends when 21 outs are recorded or nine innings have been played and one team is ahead of the other. If not then extra innings are played.

Unfortunately sometimes a clock does come into play and that is what happened Tuesday night in a game between Lexington and Alibrandis at Victory Field in Watertown.

In what was a great baseball game that went back-and-forth between the first and second place teams in the ICL it was ultimately decided because time had run out.

In Watertown there is a rule that states “no pitch can be made after 10:12 P.M.  So with a runner on first, two outs and two strikes on the Alibrandis batter in the bottom of the seventh with Lexington leading 8-7, thanks to a three-run rally in the top of the seventh, the game was called because 10:12 had been reached. It did not matter that the game could have ended on the next pitch or that both teams wanted to play on, the game was called. Because the home team, Alibrandis, did not get to finish its at bat in the seventh and the visiting team, Lexington, had taken a lead in the top of the inning, the game would revert back to the last full inning, in this case the sixth. This meant that the Blue Sox rally did not happen and the game would go in the books as a 7-5 Alibrandis victory.

How did the teams get to that point? In a playoff-like game that was tied three times, and had four lead changes, well actually only three since the top of the seventh does not count, neither team quit and fans were treated to a well-played game.

Let’s pick up the story in the fourth inning and Alibrandis leading 2-1.

In the top of the fourth Lexington’s Nate Wolf tied the game at 2-2 with an inside-the-park home run to right with two outs.

Alibrandis responded with its own two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. After two strikeouts by Blue Sox starter Drew Leenhouts, Ryan Leung and Anthony Perry singled to put runners on the corners. Juan Parra followed with a double to center and it was 4-2 Alibrandis. Parra scored on Michael Maguire’s single, the fourth straight hit, and it was 5-2.

The Blue Sox came right back with two in the top of the fifth.  Dom Zaher starts the inning with a single to center.  After an out Kyle Adie walks to put runners on first and second. Richie Burgos singles to left to drive in Zaher and Ryan Beradino follows with another single to left to plate Adie and Lexington had cut the gap to 5-4.

Lexington keeps Alibrandis off the board in the fifth for only the second time in the game and in the top of the sixth the Sox tie the game. Anderson Jimenez gets hit by the first pitch from Alibrandis relief pitcher Nate Beck. In his first at bat, Alex Voitik sacrificed Jimenez to second and the tying run was 180 feet away. After the second out Morgan Brown delivered with a single to right and the game was tied at 5-5.

Bill Christopher comes into pitch for Lexington in the sixth and walks leadoff hitter Parra to start the inning. Maguire singles for his third hit of the night and there are runners on the corners.  After an intentional walk to Teddy Dziuba to load the bases, Christopher strikes out David Lightbody for the first out. Bobby Barrett hits a hard one-hopper to second that Jimenez fields and attempts to get a force at second as he throws while on the ground. His throw goes into shallow left and both Parra and Maguire score for a 7-5 lead.

The Blue Sox scored three times in the top of the seventh, the last two on a monster home run to left by Voitik, that gave Lexington the 8-7 lead,  only to have it all wiped out by the clock.

Parra had two hits, scored three times and drove in two for Alibrandis. Dzuiba joined Maguire with three hits and Jake Miller doubled to drive in the second run.

For Lexington Wolf had two hits and two RBI including driving in the Sox first run with an opposite field single to left.

This was the third time this season that Alibrandis has had a game end this way at Victory Field. The first two games ended in a tie and a loss for Alibrandis.

Alibrandis Beats Blue Sox 4-1, Bulldogs Sweep Chiefs

Matt Horan (3-3) struck out 11 batters and went the distance to pitch Alibrandis past the Blue Sox 4-1 in Lexington. Bobby Barrett tripled home two runs and Teddy Dziuba and David Lightbody each had RBI singles.

At Maplewood, the Reading Bulldogs took both ends of a doubleheader from the Andre Chiefs 4-0 and 5-1. Anthony Sapenza (1-2) struck out nine and allowed only three hits in the opener. Chris Bosco led the way with three hits, including a double, and two RBI’s. In the nightcap, Andrew Moccia (2-2) surrendered just five hits in six innings to get the win. Chris Bosco, Mike Taylor and Copper Marengi all had RBI’s and Darren Hartwell added two hits for the winners.

Sunday’s ICL Highlights: Bulldogs Win, Merchants Split Three Team DH at Walsh

Zac Talis and Dan Baker both homered when the Reading Bulldogs beat the Soemrville Royals 9-7 in nine innings at Trum. Brendan McDonald added two hits, including a double, and two RBI’s for the Bulldogs. Max Mardany (2-0) struck out four and didn’t allow a hit over the final two innings to grab the win.

In Wakefield, the Merchants split a three team doubleheader, losing to Alibrandis in the opener 5-2 and then came back to beat the Melrose Americans 3-0 in game two.

Stanley DeMartinis had homer and four RBI’s to lead Alibrandis to the afternoon win. Ryan Corriveau (6-1) picked up the win going five innings while Anthony DelPrete chalked up the save.

Joseph Maguire (6-3) fired a complete game five-hitter to lead the Merchants to the 3-0 game two win over the Americans. Jon Luders and Bobby Losanno had two hits each for the Merchants. Ian Libby had two of the Americans’ five hits.

On Monday the Chiefs host the Bulldogs in a doubleheader at Maplewood starting at 6:45 PM and Alibrandis visits the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM.